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UNC researchers to lead project to help address poverty in rural NC

UNC researchers with the School of Social Work and School of Government have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to lead a project designed to help address poverty in rural North Carolina.

The project, “Creating Community-Designed Approaches for EITC Uptake in Rural North Carolina,” will focus on getting more eligible families to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal benefit that historically has shown success in lifting families out of poverty.

Zimmerman to serve as lead researcher for $1.34 million NIH grant to Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association announced that it has received a $1.34 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strengthen the current framework for psychosocial research examining care for people living with dementia and their care partners. 

Tiny Homes Village to break ground

program for Tiny Homes Village groundbreakingRepresentatives from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and partnering organizations will break ground on the new Tiny Homes Village this Friday (Nov. 15, 2019) at 2 p.m.

Tiny Homes Village (THV) is designed for veterans and other persons who have persistent and severe mental health illnesses, including PTSD and substance use disorders. The community is located on UNC’s “Farm at Penny Lane” property in northern Chatham County and will feature 15 tiny homes surrounding a clubhouse for classes and other activities.

Macy appointed associate dean for research and faculty development

Rebecca Macy, Ph.D., the Preyer Distinguished Professor for Strengthening Families, has been named associate dean for research and faculty development. The appointment is effective Oct. 1.

Macy steps into the position following the tenure of Sheryl Zimmerman, a Kenan Distinguished Professor, who served in the role for about three years.

“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Macy in this capacity,” said Dean Gary Bowen. “I believe that she will build upon the excellent foundation achieved by Dr. Zimmerman.”

School of Social Work nets $1 million grant for Tiny Homes Village

The UNC School of Social Work has been awarded a $1 million, two-year grant from the international Oak Foundation to help fund the construction of the Tiny Homes Village, a demonstration project designed to create a new form of affordable housing for people with mental illnesses and other health conditions. The village will also support and house veterans in need.